Helping families who are grieving

By on July 5, 2010

Geneva—When a loved one dies, families with young children face unique challenges. Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering help for families—with children ages 5 to 18—cope with a death loss of a loved one—mother, father, grandparent, child or other significant person.

Two summer programs are designed to help families realize that they are more than their grief, to put order and unity back in their lives, and give them the tools to move on.

All programs are free, but registration is required. Spanish interpretation is available.

Herbie’s Friends is a six-week support group where families who have experienced a loss can share their thoughts, feelings and stories with others who have had similar experiences. The group meets Thursdays, July 8 through Aug. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at FVVH, 200 Whitfield Drive in Geneva.

Grief Takes a Hike is an overnight adventure where families who have lost loved ones come together in a supportive setting, sharing and processing feelings, while experiencing the therapeutic value of nature. It will be held at Inspiration Center in Walworth, Wis. Included is transportation from FVVH offices in Geneva, lodging, meals, and activities. GTAH begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, and returns to Geneva on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. There is a $50 refundable deposit to secure a reservation.

For more information, or to register for either program, call Christy Pitol at (630) 232-2233, ext. 230, or